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Daniel Chirot: Why Not Kill Them All?

Sara Lerner
11/13/2008 at 8:00 p.m.

What exactly is genocide? Why does genocide happen? It's more than just pure cruelty. What kind of environments lead to genocide? And if we know why it happens, can we stop it? Daniel Chirot has been immersed in this topic for many years. He says activism in western countries announcing atrocities in places like Darfur isn't bad, but it's not going to solve the problem. Instead, we have to look ahead and figure out where potential conflict exists. Take Rwanda, for example. People familiar with the region knew it was an explosive situation ahead of time. Chirot is the co–author of "Why Not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder." He teaches international studies and sociology at the University of Washington and he founded an institute on conflict resolution at the UW. He spoke on October 30, 2008 at the University of Washington Club on the Seattle campus.

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